Security System Demand Sparks Xtreme Growth

Graeme Duncan managing director Xtreme Business Solutions

Scottish network infrastructure specialist Xtreme Business Solutions has secured over £400,000 of business in the past six months for its recently expanded security division.

The Westhill-headquartered firm, which also has a base in Dalgety Bay, Fife, noticed increasing demand from clients for security systems, leading to it strengthening its service offering. In early 2016, the firm appointed Daryn Peters as security project manager with the sole focus of developing this area of the business.

Expanding its security division has led Xtreme to widen the range of products that it supplies and installs. Alongside IP CCTV (internet protocol), door entry and access control systems, it now provides wired and wireless intruder alarm systems, emergency disabled call systems and vehicular and personnel security access barriers.

The contracts undertaken by Xtreme in the past six months have covered a range of projects and industries across Scotland. It has installed disabled person refuge, fire alarm and nurse call systems in a number of nursing homes, IP CCTV networks on construction sites and in the new Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh, and security access systems featuring number plate recognition cameras for food and drink producers.

Across other areas of its business Xtreme is experiencing growth which has led to it increasing its workforce, adding an additional seven staff to its 52-strong workforce. Three of these new starts will work in the security division.

IP CCTV is one of the fastest growing markets within the security industry, driven by advances in technology and an increased focus from businesses on health and safety, stock control, crime prevention and implementing anti-terrorism measures. Reflecting this, market research firm RNCOS has estimated that the global CCTV market will grow by around 12% annually over the coming years and be worth in excess of $30billion by 2020.

Graeme Duncan, Xtreme Business Solutions managing director, said: “Over the last couple of years we have seen a steady increase in demand from clients across all sectors for security related products. Various factors have driven this growth, but among the most dominant are the safety and security of personnel and premises, which can stem from an employer’s duty of care and also concerns about potential criminal or terrorist threats.

“Technological advances have revolutionised the security industry, allowing various systems to be integrated with one another to provide a very robust monitoring network. IP CCTV has changed the way in which video footage is captured, reviewed and analysed thanks to higher resolution, wirelessly linked cameras and the ability for systems to be accessed remotely.

“We have started this year strongly. Recent contracts have led to us strengthening our workforce with seven recent starts, which supplement the apprentices we recruited at the beginning of 2016. Daryn’s appointment has driven the security division forward and his knowledge and experience in the sector ensures that Xtreme will continue to offer the best of breed products to our clients.”